A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Book 320 - Green Leather Fat Journal with Silver Clasp - Long stitch binding-1

Another leather book today, a fat journal. I like fat journals, myself, so I find it hard to make them skinny--though, of course, they would be faster and cheaper to make when making them for resale. This is fatter than some, partly because the paper is a nice thick artist's paper, like printmaking paper. There are 80 pages (160 counting both sides) of this rich paper perfect for writing or sketching with pen, pencil, charcoal, or colored markers.

The leather is a rich dark green with a lightly pebbled surface. The journal/blank book is bound with a long stitch binding with pale green waxed linen thread with a diamond stitch pattern showing on the spine.

The clasp is silver-colored metal and works by turning the flat center bar, then lifting the left ring off the clasp. I think it gives the book a very classy look.

A standard, but I love making these leather journals. I'll never stop.


  1. No! Don't ever stop making leather journals! :)

  2. Hellooooooooooooo! Are you still around? I'm hoping that you'll see my comment and respond, even though this post is from well over 2 years ago.

    I love your work. Like, love, love your work. I just have one tiny question. How do you make your books like this (leather journals with long stitch binding) to be rectangular? I'm pretty dang new to bookbinding, and all of my leather journals have a "weak" spine, shall I say, but I want the straight, 90 degree angles spine. Am I making sense? How do you do it?!

    1. Hi - Sorry it's taken awhile to get back to you Glad I saw your comment.

      I always had the same concern. I did not like the floppy spine on my leather long-stitch journals. What I do now is to glue an extra piece of leather onto the inside of the spine before punching the stitching holes.You can also do this with a piece of chipboard, which I would then cover with the same paper I used for the endpapers. I cut the leather or chipboard strip *slightly* narrower than my hole punching pattern so that it does not stick out beyond the spine.

      ]Does that description make sense?

    2. Totally! Thanks so much for responding! :) You're an inspiration.

  3. just wondering, are u selling these journal? if so, where and how much?? im interested to buy some :D